Life Among the Mangroves

Mangrove systems have always been a source of fascination for me.  As a child my friends and I spent a significant amount of time exploring the vast mangrove systems around southwest Florida.  Today, those systems continue to hold the same level of intrigue for me as they did back then.  An amazing variety of animals call this ecosystem home at some point in their lives.  I recently read that mangrove systems in Florida act as nurseries for as many as 220 distinct fish species.  That results in an incredible diversity of life even before considering the plethora of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and birds also residing among the maze-like root systems.  Considering the limitless underwater subject matter available, it seems predetermined that I would try to document some of the life found there.  Below are a few images I made during a recent afternoon of pesky jellyfish, razor-sharp oyster shells, water with an incessant murk and lingering visions of massive bull sharks just out of my visual range.  Hope this message finds you well.

Life Among the Mangroves – Images by James White

9 Responses to “Life Among the Mangroves”

  1. Jimmy White says:

    Thank you for all of your very kind comments! I appreciate your taking the time to let me know your thoughts!

  2. Jen K says:

    Wonderful photos! I really enjoy all your blogs. Keep them coming!

  3. Page says:

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing the underworld.

  4. Kerri says:

    lovely! thank you for sharing!

  5. ang says:

    Very cool stuff, Jimmy. Glad you didn’t get any bull shark close-ups!
    It all makes me want to plan a trip to FL…See you soon…

  6. htweto says:

    Great shots, Jimmy; I love the pan and the half surface pics. Must be challenging to find light and clarity (when is it ever easy, right?), especially in an environment with so much decaying organic matter. But that’s what makes it such a nourishing place!

  7. Bob D. says:

    you’re new life as a photographer suits you to a tee. As has been the case since I first saw your work, I’m always looking forward to the next shot. fly high and aim straight. thanks for sharing!

  8. susan wolfe says:

    thanks for sharing an underwater world I’ll likely never see. great shots!

  9. awesome jimmy, you’re really getting the hang of this underwater stuff. glad to see you’re out enjoying mother nature.